Running Your Business During COVID-19
Operating your program
Read OEC’s Guides for Providers During COVID-19
OEC has developed a series comprehensive guides for child care providers specifically for:
- Child care centers and group child care homes
- Family child care homes
- In-person Birth to Three and Home Visiting
Follow guidelines on reporting cases of COVID-19
In February 2020, COVID-19 was added to the List of Reportable Diseases. Those required to report such diseases must report cases of COVID-19 infection immediately to both the:
- DPH Epidemiology and Emerging Infection Program at 860-509-7994 (or 860-509-8000 after-hours and weekends)
- Local department of health in the town of residence of the case-patient
Reporting must happen on the day of recognition or strong suspicion of the disease.
Get guidance on opening youth camps
The State of Connecticut has a presentation with helpful guidance on how to keep children and staff safe. Learn about topics such as:
- Health screenings
- Using face masks
- Reporting cases
Financial resources and other support
Small business assistance
- The state’s COVID-19 business resources page is updated regularly to reflect federal and state resources to support small business.
- Small businesses can also get help from the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC). To get free counseling, contact WBDC. You can also see a list of potential funding opportunities on their website — along with links to worksheets to help you with key documents required for filing application.
Many programs will have multiple phases of support. If you were not able to access one opportunity, be prepared for when they reopen and or other opportunities might become available.
In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) created a series of new, short-term CTCARES programs. Several are designed to support child care businesses.
- CTCARES for Child Care Businesses offers a “care package” to child care providers — a variety of subsidies, trainings, and other opportunities. Learn about CTCARES for Child Care.
- CTCARES for Family Child Care offers licensed family child care providers access to supports during COVID-19. Our goal is to help your program succeed so you can continue to do your vital work. Learn about CTCARES for Family Child Care.
OEC materials and forms
Signage for programs
Post these signs in your facility to educate parents about strategies to help keep children, families, and staff safe.
Fact sheets and flyers
Guidance for families
|Help Your Kids Become Mask-Wearing Superheroes (English)|
|Caring for Face Masks in Child Care (English)|
|Birth to Three is Open for Families|
Birth to Three flyer (English)
Birth to Three flyer (Spanish)
|Food Resources for Kids During the COVID-19 Emergency|
Food Resources for Kids (English)
Food Resources for Kids (Spanish)
|Keeping Your New Baby Safe in the Time of COVID-19|
Keeping Your Baby Safe During COVID-19 (English)
Keeping Your Baby Safe During COVID-19 (Spanish)
|Opportunities for Learning While Public Schools Are Not In Session|
|Taking Care of Your Child During COVID-19|
Guidance for providers
|Guidance for School-Age Child Care Providers in CT During COVID-19|
|Home Visiting Town Hall Questions Summary|
|Taking Care of Children and Families During COVID-19|
Forms and documents
|Health and Immunization Attestation||During the state of emergency, parents may not be able to submit all of the normally required documentation related to their child’s heath. This form allows temporary enrollment without that documentation until the end of the emergency.|
Health and Immunization Attestation (English)
Health and Immunization Attestation (Spanish)